Definition of Marriage
…......…. & …......…., it is my duty to remind you of the binding character of
the declarations you are about to make, marriage according to the laws of this
country is the voluntary union of two people, for the duration of their lives, to
the exclusion of all others.
Optional Wording (multiple or merged options are acceptable)
A: A successful marriage is one where each partner discovers that it is
better to give love than to receive it. To truly love another person is to
wish that person to develop and flourish in his or her own terms.
B: Marriage joins two people who trust the love they have found. It is a
partnership in which each can grow and be true to themselves, whilst
sharing in the development of each other. It is a statement to all those
around them, of something the two of them already know, that they
have found such love friendship and support that they want to share
the rest of their lives together.
C: Marriage is more than words or ceremony. It is a commitment to be
reaffirmed each and every day. You can make your marriage a living
thing. It will be the two of you who begin every day by making choices.
To express caring or avoiding it; to reveal love or to be too busy; to
acknowledge respect and to take joy from one another or build walls;
and through those daily choices, to renew the wedding vows you will
D: Marriage means making a commitment to each other, it means
developing and maintaining affection, co-operation, friendship and
It calls for honesty, patience, trust and humour. It requires both
closeness and distance, the closeness of a couple growing together
and sufficient distance to allow each other to grow as an individual.
E: In marriage you give of yourself freely and generously into the hands of
the one you love. The trust you share is a precious gift to be treasured.
Today you are affirming your love for each other, acknowledging that
you are stronger together than you are apart and that you wish to share
all life's joys and challenges together.
F: Marriage is a precious gift, a lifelong dedication and a daily challenge.
Look for the best in each other, let your love be stronger than your
anger and remember that true friendship is the basis for a lasting